Cornwall is a popular holiday spot throughout the year, and it can be the perfect place to relax, enjoy the scenery and get active outdoors. In addition, Cornwall boasts some truly incredible cuisine. From traditional Cornish favourites to fresh seafood, this destination has it all. Whether you plan to visit for the day or you are planning a two-week holiday, let this list guide your decisions and help you pick out the top places to eat out in Cornwall.
The Restaurant at Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
For upscale fare in a stunning environment, there are few restaurants in Cornwall that can compete with The Restaurant, an impressive eatery within the Greenbank Hotel. The seating is just overlooking the bay, and the environment is relaxed but sophisticated. The talented head chef of The Restaurant works hard to fuse modern British favourites with classic regional ingredients. Some of the best-selling menu items include grilled Cornish steaks, local duck and fresh fish used for sushi.
Though you can certainly find plenty of traditional seafood in this fishing village in Cornwall, Mevagissey also boasts international flavours at many of its restaurants. Alvorada is a local favorite, and it is a top pick in the area for a dinner out with friends and family. This eatery offers authentic Portuguese fare, and it is run by a friendly husband and wife duo who take turns speaking with guests and working in the kitchen. Definitely try the chorizo, which has plenty of spice and is shipped directly from Portugal to Cornwall.
The Ocean Grill, St. Ives
If it is seafood that you are after, St. Ives is a great choice. Although the town is home to a number of restaurants offering fresh seafood, The Ocean Grill has a great reputation for combining incredible meals with friendly service. You can be seated on the outdoor terrace and soak in views of the harbour as you dig into tasty meals like king prawns, Concertina squid, Cornish mussels, pan fried hake or even a traditional fish pie.
Flounder’s Fish and Chips, Newquay
No trip to Cornwall would be complete without a sampling of the local fish and chips. Although you will find this quintessential meal on just about every restaurant menu in Newquay, there are a few special places where the recipes, service and packaging are traditional. At Flounder’s Fish and Chips, you can enjoy your meal just steps from the water. Sit indoors or outdoors, or even take your moist fish and perfectly-fried chips to-go and enjoy them at the beach.
Sarah’s Pasty Shop, Looe
The flaky, buttery taste of a Cornish pasty is a delight, and there are few places offering a better selection than Sarah’s Pastry Shop in Looe. Along with standard flavours in a range of sizes, you can a vegetarian pasty or one with Indian curry spices.